VERMILLION, S.D. – Omaha volleyball remained perfect in league play with a 3-1 win over South Dakota on the road.
The Mavericks defeated the Coyotes in four sets (25-21, 10-25, 26-24, 25-23) to improve to 11-7 overall and 6-0 in The Summit League.
Leaders for Omaha
Sadie Limback recorded her third-career double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Anna Blaschko tallied 11 kills on a .364 hitting and four blocks. At libero, Claire Mountjoy tallied a team-high 21 digs in the match.
- Omaha improves to 58-19 all-time against South Dakota.
- The victory marked the first road win in Vermillion since Oct. 30, 2015 (3-1).
- The Mavericks’ 11th win surpasses last season’s total (10).
- Omaha is 7-1 in four-set matches this season.
- The 6-0 conference start is the best since the 1999 season (started 7-0 in the North Central Conference).
Inside Set 1
Omaha found the spark it needed early in the set with a 5-1 run to take a 10-8 lead. After the Coyotes led 18-15 in the set, the Mavericks rallied with another 5-1 spurt keyed by an ace by Sadie Limback. Four straight points at the end of the set sealed it for the Mavericks after back-to-back kills by Abby Bergsten and Limback.
Inside Set 2
South Dakota dominated the second set to even the match at 1-1. A 7-0 run put Omaha in a 12-5 deficit and forced a timeout. Another 9-1 Coyote run late in the set resulted in a 25-10 win for South Dakota.
Inside Set 3
Omaha regrouped in the third set and pulled off a gutsy 26-24 set win. Despite a 5-0 South Dakota run early in the set, the Mavericks weathered the storm and tied it at 6-all. Down 23-20, Omaha called timeout and gathered itself together. That timeout preceded four straight points for the Mavericks off a pair of Coyote attack errors and kills by Blaschko and Bergsten. The final kill came from Blaschko, who sealed the 26-24 set win and helped Omaha lead 2-1 in the match.
Inside Set 4
Down 6-4 early on, Omaha recorded five straight points sparked by another Blaschko kill. Once again, Omaha found itself in a deficit late in the set. Down 22-21, head coach Rose Shires called timeout. After the break, Claire Leonardfound the open gap and notched a kill that sparked a 4-1 run that sealed the match, 25-23, for Omaha.
Omaha continues its Summit League action Sunday, Oct. 14, against Oral Roberts. Competition is set to take place at 1 p.m. inside Baxter Arena.